CHICAGO, IL, August 30, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Enjoy a full schedule of fall activities including Back-to-School specials, wine tastings, new menu items, food holiday celebrations and live noon-time and after work entertainment this month.---
Da Lobsta Comes to Chicago French Market This September
The Chicago French Market announces its newest vendor, Da Lobsta, opening this September as a quick service lobster roll eatery, joining other Da Lobsta locations in the Gold Coast. Da Lobsta was conceived by restaurateur J. Wolf.
At Da Lobsta, Wolf and his team currently serve authentic New England sandwiches with a twist, taking the East Coast concept of chilled Lobster Claw & Knuckle meat (Blue Crab and Shrimp can also be substituted), strip of mayo and warm garlic butter drizzled on top of a New England Style toasted. Daring to be different, the original can also be changed up with Indian, Asian, Mexican, and Greek varieties.
Think the American Dream on a bun.
Not to be confused with sushi (seriously, there are a few of those!), Da Lobsta brings the standard lobster roll to another level by offering homemade, customizable sandwiches at a reasonable price, without requiring dine-in service. None of the frou-frou, just straight good eats.
Wolf concocted the idea out of his love for visiting Maine when growing up, as well as his interest in the eclecticism of food culture he found when living in Los Angeles. As a child, lobster rolls became one of Wolf's favorite dishes; seafood always seemed to hit the spot. When he moved to the West Coast later in life, he discovered his beloved sandwich on a food truck cruising around town, and would frequently find himself driving 45 minutes out of the way just to get a bite.
At the same time, Wolf was operating The Glendon Bar & Kitchen in Hollywood, a high end dining spot mixing American and California cuisines. He began to experiment with the idea of creating a restaurant on a smaller scale, offering high quality products with his own unique twist and less of an emphasis on dining.
Suddenly, something clicked with his past and present obsessions.
Wolf eventually moved to Chicago, leaving behind The Glendon to pursue his new idea with his favorite foodie pleasure: the lobster roll. He decided to add ethnic variations to the mix as a way to diversify the standard, and suit the assorted feel of his new home.
While in Maine, a lobster roll is a working man's sandwich sold on the side of the highway or pier. In big cities, they've been turned into gourmet items. Many fancier versions pack in dozens of ingredients and cost significantly more, but don't taste better than the original. Wolf wanted to avoid a similar result and created new renditions of the lobster roll, while tapping into the simplicity and authenticity of the original.
The result was Da Lobsta.
Chicago French Market Harvest Festival - October 10-12
Save the dates October 10-12. The Chicago French Market embraces the cooler weather, fall leaves and harvest ingredients with its Market Festival, October 10-12. Come embrace the season by tasting the best harvest offerings such as Pumpkin Spice Soup and Thanksgiving Grilled Cheese Sandwich from Spicy Monkey; Candy Apples from Superior Nut and Candy; Red Apple and Cranberry Pear Balsamic, Autumn Harvest and Pumpkin Patch Teas, or Butternut Squash Sauce from Oh Olive!; Harvest Kale Soup from Fumare Meats and Deli; American Craft and German Oktoberfest beers from Frietkoten, and Pumpkin Pie Soap from Abbey Brown Artisan Soap, just to name a few. The festival culminates with a full day of entertainment and special tastings Saturday, October 12.
Abbey Brown Artisan Soap
After a brief hiatus, Abbey Brown is pleased to announce that the highly demanded Glass Diffuser Sets are back in stock. Available in seven signature scents that will uplift, calm or balance an office or room of your choice, available for $30 or add a soy Signature Candle for only $12 more.
If tea's your bag, September is your month. Bello Teas is having a huge tea sale on all teas. Enjoy a 10% discount on 4 oz. or 15% off on 8 oz. of any loose leaf teas. It's the perfect time to try new teas such as Masala Chai, Earl Grey dela Crème or Caffeine-free Rooibos Chai or Coconut Almond Rooibos.
Back to School Specials
Nothing says back to school better than a lunch box filled with wholesome goodies and tasty snacks. Delightful Pastries at the Chicago French Market says no lunch box is complete without one of its fabulous brownies ($3.50 each). Whether it be the Paradise (a brownie filled with layers of pecan and caramel, topped with bittersweet chocolate ganache), Fudge (amazing brownie combining an all butter crust and Belgian Callebaut chocolate), or Triple Decker Peanut Butter (brownie topped with peanut butter and delicious chocolate), your child will be the envy of the class.
If you're not into chocolate or have nut allergies, try Delightful's Lemon Bar (made of all-butter-crust with freshly squeezed lemon juice) or their Cranberry Orange Squares (sweet cookie dough made with fresh cranberry and orange filling, topped with cinnamon streusel), always a crowd pleaser.
Can't decide? Don't despair. Delightful Pastries also offers a sampling brownie tray ($25/40 pieces) a perfect gift for the class to start the year out right. The temptation may be too great. (We suggest that you also pick up extras for yourself and to share with office colleagues.)
Looking for healthy choices, perfect for you and your kid's lunch? Delightful Pastries also is the creator of wonderfully fresh homemade sandwiches and soups all made from scratch using family recipes. "Even the sauces in the sandwiches, such as homemade horseradish sauce, are made in-house daily. We believe that every customer deserves the best quality food just like how we make them at home," says co-owner Robert Hawryszczuk. What this means is that all Delightful Pastries sandwich ingredients are freshly prepared without preservatives or other fillers.
"If you can imagine a sandwich where the homemade bread is just-baked, the meat is local and all natural, the bacon is lean, thick-cut and locally cured, and where the ham and pork cutlets are from a local Polish butcher, then you have a good idea as to why our sandwiches have so many fans," says Delightful Pastries co-owner Nico Hua.
Chicago French Market sandwich favorites include The Polish ($8.25), with Polish ham, Swiss cheese, homemade horseradish sauce, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, tomato and field greens, served on a fresh butter croissant; The Thanksgiving ($8.25), hand carved turkey breast, Swiss cheese, homemade horseradish, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, cranberry sauce, tomato and field greens on a fresh butter croissant; The Fusion ($8.25), shrimp salad, mayonnaise, spice, pickles and field greens on a fresh butter croissant, and The Three Piggly Wigglys ($10), made with Polish ham, lean crispy bacon, pan fried schnitzel and pickles, served on an "everything" bun. Peanut butter lovers can't resist He Lives! ($8.25 with peanut butter, grape jelly, lean crispy bacon, banana, house secret sauce, all served on a fresh butter croissant.
Turn over a new leaf-
Beginning September 9 through September 23, Lavazza Espression is offering a hot or iced coffee for only $1.00 when using a Lavazza branded Tumbler. Two Lavazza Tumblers are available for purchase, including an acrylic hot and cold beverage tumbler, $13.95 and a stainless steel tumbler, $14.95.
Oh Olive! has been certified an "Ultra Premium" purveyor. Ultra Premium has very rigid criteria for extra virgin olive oil. What does that mean to customers? Ultra Premium is the recognized standard for the world's finest and freshest extra virgin olive oils. Its grading exceeds all existing European, Italian, Spanish, Greek and North American grade standards.
In order to qualify for the Ultra Premium grade, the extra virgin olive oil must meet or exceed a comprehensive set of production, storage, transportation, testing, chemistry, and organoleptic requirements.
Pastoral Artisan Cheese, Bread and Wine
Pastoral Artisan Cheese Bread & Wine has expanded its Chicago French Market wine selection, which includes classic expressions of the world's major wine regions and intriguing bottles from exotic locales, both popular varietals and exciting blends. From Bordeaux to Mendoza, and Merlot to Bonarda, Pastoral believes that exploring wine should be as fun, delicious and enlightening as choosing cheese. Shoppers are invited to stop by to check out the wine wall; the wines are arranged by body, from lightest to fullest, to mirror the cheeses in the display case, from the freshest to the most aged, with which they will pair well. Their knowledgeable staff is always eager to help.
With the change in the season, Wisma has introduced several new seasonal menu items: an Indian Style Curry ($10) with jasmine rice, coconut, tomato, radish, green pepper, broccoli, scallion, onion and herbs and spices, and a new Linguini with Gulf Shrimp dish ($9) with linguini noodles, white shrimp cauliflower, zucchini, parmesan cheese, onion, garlic, herbs and spices. Chef John Des Rosier and his team will be creating a special weekly soup. This soup will be surprise, made from whatever are the freshest, savory ingredients, and will never be repeated.
Delightful Pastries Celebrates National Honey Month this September with Sweet Deal
Honey is sweet - that's a given. But did you know that honey also adds a special touch to almost any recipe? It's the whisper at a party. It's the sigh after the perfect bite. It's the nostalgic feeling of childhood. It's the secret ingredient with endless possibilities.
Many people think of honey as a drizzle in desserts or a topping for toast. But now, more than ever, honey is being recognized as a versatile ingredient and pantry staple in the kitchen. All-natural honey gives recipes unbeatable flavor and unmatched functional benefits. From balancing flavors to adding moisture to baked goods, one-ingredient honey performs a slew of tasks, all from one little bottle.
Add honey rich desserts to your menu and pick up Delightful selections including the He Lives! ($8.25) sandwich, pecan squares ($3.50) and a glass of Moroccan iced tea ($2.75), or enjoy the combo special, all three for $13.50.
Delightful Pastries Celebrates National Peanut Day, September 13
Crazy for Peanuts? September 13 is for you. We thought we'd take a moment to pay homage to our favorite nut. Whether savory or sweet, Delightful Pastries makes celebrating National Peanut Day, September 13, a slam dunk. Start off by lunching on He Lives!, an amazing Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly sandwich with Lean Crispy Bacon, Banana, House Secret Sauce on an all-butter croissant, $8. Still craving peanuts? Try the delicious Triple Decker Peanut Butter Brownie topped with peanut butter and delicious chocolate ($3.50 each) or the Peanut Butter Chocolate Cupcake ($2.75). Entertaining? Pick up a Peanut Butter Pie with graham cracker crust topped with peanut butter custard and decorated with chocolate fudge and salted peanuts. The pie is available in a single mini-serving size ($5.25) or as a full pie ($25) which serves 8-10.
Tie One On September 14 with Delightful Pastries' Booze-filled Drunken Donut "Paczki". It's National Cream Filled Donut Day
Lucky for us, you don't have to wait until Fat Tuesday to celebrate Delightful Pastries' Paczki. September 14 is National Cream-Filled Donut Day and the perfect time to tie one on with Delightful Pastries' famous Drunken "Paczki" Donut. You heard us right. This delightful pastry (a traditional Polish doughnut) is filled with booze and cream. Dobra Bielinski, pastry chef and co-owner of Delightful Pastries, keeps her three Chicago bakeries stocked with paczki all year long. On any given day, you can choose strawberry and whipped cream, raspberry jelly or custard topped with chocolate fudge paczki. Or, you can sample "drunken" paczki in scrumptious varieties like vodka and vanilla bean custard, Patron XO Cocoa with chocolate custard, and orange liqueur and passion fruit jelly. As if anyone needed a special day to celebrate, why not Saturday, September 14 on National Cream-Filled Donut Day?
September 2013 Complimentary Events
Wednesday, September 4
Lunch Hour Music
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Ashleigh Ashton has been singing and playing her guitar in bars and at open mics since the age of 9. Today, at 18, she loves connect with people by sharing her original music. Joining her on stage is her older sister on keyboards and younger sister on guitar. The trio shares a natural sibling harmony and love of music. Her message is one of self-empowerment, a theme that resonates throughout all of her original songs. She hopes to inspire people to stand tall and believe in their dreams!
Ashleigh's first big break came in the summer of 2009, when she traveled to New York to record three original songs, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Barry Goldstein. Following that, she went on to Castle Nine Studios in Rochester, New York to record her song "Break In Two", co-written and produced by Richard Fink IV and Johnny Cummings.
At a casting session late last year in Chicago, she was introduced to MashPlant.com founder and Executive Producer Jason Brett, who invited Ashleigh to become MashPlant.com's first Rising Star.
Ashleigh balances schoolwork with a rigorous performing schedule at musical venues throughout the Midwest. With six siblings pursuing their own interests in the creative arts, Ashleigh hopes to inspire other young artists to FOLLOW THEIR DREAMS! Come break up your day and see this talented young performer, who may inspire you.
Rush Hour Music
As a songwriter, guitarist, and live vocal looper, Jenny's music has been described as falling "somewhere between winking innocence and worldly detachment," garnering comparisons to Suzanne Vega, Imogene Heap, and Michael Hedges. She has opened for Dolly Varden, Sons of the Never Wrong, and Sloan Wainwright among many. Her three albums receive national and international airplay, and her most recent recording was the recipient of an Illinois Arts Council grant.
Playing at the Chicago French Market has special meaning. Her album, GIRL FRIDAY, was recorded live at the Ogilvie Transportation Center in 2011. Breaking new ground in performing songs built upon layers of vocals, enabling her songs to nestle within a choir of harmony voices, her performances gained a reputation as one-of-a-kind, can't miss experiences. GIRL FRIDAY branded her as an unabashed innovator.
Stop in before your commute or walk home to enjoy several original songs performed by Jenny Bienemann. The Oak Park native's sound, a combination of lyrical song-work paired with jazz guitar, creates a relaxing and fun concert.
Wednesday, September 11
Lunch Hour Music
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Sipos and Rachel Young
Chris Sipos and Rachel Young play acoustic music for the discerning listener. They delve into a multitude of genres ranging from upscale, in-vogue intonations to folk songs as haunting as the most ancient mountain hollow. A smoky jazz ballad sits beside a driving Johnny Cash-June Carter cover, while superb originals by Sipos are regularly stirred into the mix. The duo is appealing and enjoyable on a number of levels, soothing the audience with eclectic covers, and then slowly drawing it into deeper poetic waters.
The virtuoso guitar capabilities of Chris Sipos provide superb tempo and temperament for every intricately arranged offering in the pair's songbook. Classically trained Rachel's celestial singing style offers the perfect vehicle for the duo's penchant toward music that shines a light on life's ever-changing spectrum of emotions.
Together Sipos and Young are proof positive that musical entertainment can communicate spirit and essence in a single wallop.
Pastoral Artisan Cheese Bread & Wine
Thursday, September 12, 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., German Wine Tasting
Thursday, September 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Meet the Maker: Stu Waters
Pastoral Artisan Cheese Bread & Wine will be featuring German Wines at the Chicago French Market this September. Enjoy a complimentary tasting 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, September 12 featuring the very best of German wines.
Meet the maker of Stu's This is Bloody Mary Mix and Stu's Sour Pickles, Stu Waters, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, September 19 and sample Stu's delicious Bloody Marys and crisp Sour Pickles during this unique complimentary tasting event.
Thursday, September 19
Rush Hour Music
Chicago musician Matt Cantlon has been playing guitar and singing for more than 20 years. In addition to doing solo acoustic gigs, he also plays in the popular duo The Acoustic Generation. Matt averages about 200 live gigs a year and when he's not performing, he's busy writing songs. Matt's song list is quite extensive and includes classic from many different genres. Rock, Country and Pop are just some of the types of music that Matt play on a regular basis.
Wednesday, September 25
Lunch Hour Music
11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Folk musician Steve Justman joins the lunchtime crowds from 11-2 p.m., March 21. Justman is a Chicago area musician who specializes in performing Americana music. He has performed in many venues in the Chicago area and is excited to return to The Chicago French Market.
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